Im trying to tell my friend it would be smarter if it went to hgh.tv/hgh_news/
It is preferred not to use "underscores" in the URL, try "Dashes". You are correct, Google changes algorithm often and the newest algorithm can index pages which are dynamic and URL's which has
in it, but people always prefer to use /hgh_news/ since other SE like Yahoo uses old algorithm. Do not worry, if your URL has different characters, google will index it, just make sure your website do not have many sessions.
Try to keep targeted pages url's under 64 characters.
If longer necessary, try to keep them not longer than 128 characters.
If that is also not possible, in no case more than 256 characters.
My tip: Keep them short, with the good words in the domain and in the filenames. - No keywords repetition.
My Golden Rule:Optimize for search engines with humans in mind.
Let me clarify:
Suppose a potential blind customer visit's your site. What will the person hear with his screen reader:
Once the title as a url with endless of dashes between the words.
Then will hear the title of the page without dashes.
Would you like that?
Google says in the guidelines to check the site accessibility, testing with for instance the text browser Lynx? Why?
It is a site quality criteria. They also have the "Accessible Search" since a while now. Don't you want to rank better there too?
I agree with you not to have dynamic links as you described above. They must be mod_rewritten, using dashes, and not underscore.
About using of sub directories for different content nature categories is an excellent idea, as far they are not orphaned.
After all, don't over-rate the value of urls. Search engines are enhanced by having the most relevant results in their index.
Only a clean site hierarchy and an easily understood navigation structure will benefit both Humans and SEO.
Keywords in the URL/page names matter very little in the overall SEO side of things. You can see this everyday by looking at the SERPs. You'd be wise to spend your time elsewhere. Of course if your building this from scratch now, why not use them in a way that you prefer.
One thing I did not understand in my whole SEO career one thing.
I am very active in forums and blogs discussions, and every time I read: Don't worry about that, it is a minor ranking factor.
Since I assume we all are aware that Google has over 200 ranking factors, I would say that every single factor, no matter how minor it is, IS IMPORTANT.
And Google spoke:
Crawls are based on many factors such as PageRank, links to a page, and crawling constraints such as the number of parameters in a URL. Any number of factors can affect the crawl frequency of individual sites.
How can URL parameters, like session IDs or tracking IDs, cause duplicate content?
When user and/or tracking information is stored through URL parameters, duplicate content can arise because the same page is accessible through numerous URLs.
If you decide to use dynamic pages (i.e., the URL contains a "?" character), be aware that not every search engine spider crawls dynamic pages as well as static pages. It helps to keep the parameters short and the number of them few.
I'm trying to figure out what the best formula is for sub directories and how they should be organized.
by the way Webnaut, I appreciate your knowledge and insight, i meant no disrespect on the comment of SEOs of higher consciousness.
I have 3 years of data on all the keyword variations of HGH and Human Growth Hormone searches in google, how many were searched on a given day, ie. Impressions, so im trying to figure out for instance if a popular keyword in google for hgh is hgh weight loss
would I be better to make a whole subsection on hgh weight loss or simply
just have one really good page on it like this